I don't want to speak too soon, but I think this before coffee--water and light strength training routine--is having a positive effect. It seems to have expanded my willingness to accept accountability and support for things I truly desire changing.
Willingness to accept accountability and support is a big deal. Late summer 2014, I was asked a simple question: "You take pictures and tweet everything else, so why don't you take pictures of your water?" My answer was straight to the point: Because I don't want to be accountable.
It didn't matter that I had knowledge of the positive effects hydration brings; the increased efficiency of the metabolism, the flushing of toxins, helping flush away excess sodium and a long list of other beneficial perks. I knew if I stated a goal and tweeted the water, I'd be held accountable--if only in my mind. Anything less would give me enough outs, to not--ever, get enough water.
This was one of the many points of getting real along the way. I needed more water. But I constantly struggled with getting enough--I became willing then added a strong accountability element to it--and what do you know? Suddenly I made it important to hit my minimum #watergoal each day.
When restructuring a plan to help turnaround the relapse/regain--it required another level of accountability and support like I'd never allowed. I didn't automatically embrace the idea of abstinence from refined sugar and tracking every single bite--and documenting it all with photos, descriptions, calorie counts and tweets--oh no, that took some convincing.
The convincing for me was a constant on again--off again...the doing well, then crashing--the doing well---then crashing again and again, over and over. Finally--I reached a point where I was at a make or break point in every way; Spiritually, mentally, emotionally and absolutely, physically. To be so completely out of control--that a personally unprecedented approach to accountability and support are necessary elements needed to turn it all around--that was my entry to willingness.
If you've followed this turnaround from relapse/regain, you know what happened next. Everything changed. And I mean, everything.
This morning routine thing is showing me how the things I want to accomplish aren't impossible. It starts small--a glass of water, twenty push-ups--a simple reward/payoff dynamic--and an accountability/support measure.
Then I sent a support text of my intention to workout right after work--and I did it, for the first time in months--I did it. I didn't wait until super late to do it or not at all--no, I left the studio and headed straight for the gym.
My mind is open and constantly learning along this road. And that's super-important. If ever I reach a point where I believe I've nothing to learn and experience--that's the beginning of the end.
I've had a busy evening. I enjoyed preparing a nice meal after the group teleconference support call--I even prepared extra and invited Kristin over for dinner. She did her thing while I worked the rest of the evening on one of my upcoming projects.
It's later than I wanted it to be by the end of this post.
Perhaps, someday, I'll be willing to accept accountability and support for getting more rest. Seriously.
My Tweets Today:
Bottoms up. 2.5 cup bottle of water & 20 push-ups. ✔️ Now, I believe we had an arrangement involving a hot beverage. pic.twitter.com/QF2K4HA3U3— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) March 21, 2016
Payoff. Reward. It's good. Good morning! 3 tablespoons creamy half & half in a big ole mug of mud X 2 mugs. 120 cal. pic.twitter.com/Unv9RHrfov— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) March 21, 2016
Big big breakfast in MFP... pic.twitter.com/yAG4RfpNln— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) March 21, 2016
Big breakfast. 3 egg whts-1 whl w/163g avocado, red pepper & swiss. 5.7oz apple, 5.6oz orange & 4oz banana. 685 cal. pic.twitter.com/Odu45LbhGa— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) March 21, 2016
Possible calorie budget maneuvering on this breakfast: With 1/2 the avocado & no swiss-465 cal. Higher count works for me in maintenance.— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) March 21, 2016
Dark roast Midmorning cup with two tablespoons half & half. 40 cal. pic.twitter.com/YvhXY1Cjlo— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) March 21, 2016
Lunch in MFP... pic.twitter.com/6sy2R2YuZS— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) March 21, 2016
Tostadas w/130g FF/SF beans, 2-provolone, salsa, red pepper, lettuce & 15g sr crm. 166g grapes & 6.7oz pear. 570 cal pic.twitter.com/GQkG09xszv— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) March 21, 2016
After lunch coffee with two tablespoons half & half. 40 cal. pic.twitter.com/dKv79srLnQ— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) March 21, 2016
Workout time. Elliptical ride about to commence. Here we go! 2.5 cup water bottle refill. #wateraccountability pic.twitter.com/p0wXmICEKR— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) March 21, 2016
Yeah. That's what I'm taking about. #feelsgreat #naturalhigh On the way to the car, always glad I showed up. pic.twitter.com/eANb9tcjcf— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) March 21, 2016
Late afternoon coffee with three tablespoons half & half. 60 cal. pic.twitter.com/YyhAlJhfNU— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) March 21, 2016
Dinner is happening soon! pic.twitter.com/LN85hpBTlj— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) March 22, 2016
Dinner in MFP... pic.twitter.com/XZQK2p2CMA— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) March 22, 2016
7.1oz salmon, 210g sweet potato, yellow squash, zucchini & red onion--prepared w/3secOOSpray. Mini ear corn. 680 cal pic.twitter.com/asNlhbTLir— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) March 22, 2016
Thank you for reading and your continued support,